Two of Jack Daniel's copper column stills with their spirit safes.
The Cave Spring
The water used to make the whiskey flows year-round at 800 gallons per minute at a constant temperature of 56° and is virtually iron free.
It's the reason why the Distillery was located in this spot originally.
It takes 2-3 hours to burn a rick of maple into the charcoal used to filter Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey and give it some of its unique flavor.
The wood is ignited with a splash of 135-proof whiskey.
Jack Daniel's whiskey is 'charcoal mellowed' by letting it drip through 10 feet of maple charcoal. This is what distinguishes Tennessee Whiskey from other American Whiskeys such as Bourbon.
These covered wooden tanks are filled with charcoal. Freshly distilled whiskey drips in at the top and is collected at the bottom. The filtered whiskey is then ready to be barreled and aged.
Here is a peek inside under the lid of a charcoal-mellowing tank. The copper pipes have small holes along the underside where the whiskey drips into the charcoal.
The Jack Daniel's Single Barrel bottling line.
When visiting the distillery, be sure enjoy the many shops in Lynchburg, including the Lynchburg Hardware And General Store where you can find endless Jack Daniel's souvenirs.
And be sure to have lunch at Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House.
Miss Mary Bobo's boarding house began as a traveler's hotel in 1867. Miss Mary Bobo ran her boarding house until her death in 1983, one month shy of her 102nd birthday.
Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House Restaurant still stands today, welcoming visitors for home-cooked midday meals.
I highly recommend a meal here, and suggest reservations.
Grain silos in the foreground and the still house to the far left.
Jack Daniel's gravesite. Jack died in 1911 and no one's quite sure of the exact date of his birth.
It's said that the chairs were placed there to comfort the many local ladies who mourned his passing.